>> we're here in the vortex >> only on al jazeera america >> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ >> welcome to the news hour. i'm sammy in doha. coming up in the next 60 minutes, a frantic search for survivors in afghanistan after an entire village is buried by a land slide. confusion in nigeria as police reveal more girls were kidnapped than initially thought. i'm barbara in europe. a new push by ukrainian troops
to regain buildings controlled in the east. er we start with that landslide in afghanistan which has buried an entire village in the country's north a local governor now saying up to 2,000 people could be missing. rescue teams are now at the scene. janna has more. >> reporter: the side of a mountain gone, and a whole village and its people buried, and the deputy governor says local rescue teams don't have the machinery they need to dig out those who may still be alive. they don't even have enough shovels. but help is coming.
the un office said that nato troops are in touch with the afghan army. it said . . . officials say the landslide is caused by heavy rains that have effected five provinces. in the past week, flash floods have left at least 180 people dead. but the scale here is totally different and the mourning has already begun. there are also fears there may be another landslide. al jazeera's producer is in kaboul and joins us now. first of all, tell us what you have been hearing from local officials i understand you have been talking to in the last few minutes. >> yes, the government officials telling us that the landslide happened in the daylight at
least 12 hours ago and the -- the search for missing people is still continuing, and the rescue operation is very limited, very basic. the local police were the first people to -- to arrive at the scene. they could not help, and they had not enough heavy machinery to dig. the local governor tells me that they even did not have enough shovels to dig for more people. >> all right. now heavy machinery is needed, is enough international help coming through to such a difficult area? >> it is instead a very difficult area, as you see it is in north of afghanistan located in the mountains, very rugged area, sometimes very difficult for transport to move things there. now the local governor tells me that more help has been promised
by the central government that will arrive tomorrow with a high level delegation from kaboul. >> all right. thank you for the update we're going to continue coverage of this information now. we'll bring in the information manager for the international organize for migration. tell us what your organization is able to do? >> yes, this is a relatively remote area that is prone to natural disasters. we just returned from an assessment of the cite, and the initial reports that we're hearing that as many as 2700 people have died, and this is just a tragedy on a very large scale. [ inaudible ] mobilizing aid immediately, including tents, blankets and other household
supplies that will help people recover from this incident and try to rebuild their homes and try to move forward. >> did you say from the information you have that perhaps 2,700 people you believe are already dead? >> yes, this is the reports we're hearing from the government officials and our initial assessment. >> the bulk of the rescue operation will it be held up until daylight? >> we're moving as quickly as possible. there's an urgent need to try to assist these people, but of course this is in a remote area and somewhat difficult to access. so we're trying to work as fast as possible given the conditions. >> do you have any idea of how many people might be missing or buried at this point in need of -- of help? >> the initial assessment showed
that this village is almost totally destroyed. the land slide wiped out hundred us of homes, destroyed most of the infrastructure in the village, so it's very difficult to tell at this stage the full extent of the damage, and the full extent of how many people are missing and were killed, but we're trying to determine this as rapidly as possible, working with the communities and the government and other humanitarian actors. >> what sort of window opportunity is there? what does the world need to send and how quickly to help whoever is buried and might still be alive? >> oh, it's absolutely urgent -- it's a very urgent situation to try to respond. it's difficult to get the kind of heavy machinery that would be needed for this type of large-scale rescue operation to this region, but we're trying to
mobilize that with the government as best as possible, but there are a lot of challenges to a disaster like this. we're trying to get immediate help to the people who have been effected. this is effecting hundreds and hundreds, thousands of people in the area, that we need to assist with basic shelter and household needs, because they have lost everything. their clean water, agricultural lands, livestock, this is a very, very pressing situation. >> we wish you all the best. thanks so much, matt graden. now the ukrainian government has launched a new offensive to try to regain positions in the east. let's brosz -- cross over to barbara for that. >> ukrainian troops are now
focused on operations in the city of slaviansk one of several cities where pro-russian troops have been in control of key government killings. jonah hull has more now on how the operation unfolded. >> reporter: video posted on the internet pur ports to show what the residences of slaviansk and the pro-russian separate advertises who made the eastern city their base woke to at dawn. the ukrainian army launched what it described as a large-scale anti-terrorist operation. the apparent objective for now, not to overrun the city but to form a blockade around it. some separatists said they were ready to fight. >> i will fight with whatever i have, if not a rifle, then i'll fight with my hands, and strangle them so they won't mess with my land. >> reporter: two ukrainian
helicopters were shot down allegedly using surveys to air missile s. this man is said to be a survivor from one of the helicopters, a ukrainian soldier badly injured and apparently in the custody of separatist supporters inside slaviansk. ukrainian forces meanwhile took prisoners of their own, four men arrested at a check point said to be among those responsible for the helicopter attacks. in the city center the mood was extremely tense. video shows the self proclaimed mayor offering a message of support. >> translator: our town has been attacked. our town has been stormed. there are losses. i am asking children, women and pensioners not to leave their homes. and men with weapons to help do what they can. >> reporter: as armed men kept watch defenses were reinforced
at times it seemed with the help of civilians. >> translator: in case they break through our roadblocks, we're trying to build a different line of barricades on several parallel streets around the center. and rebuff the attackers here. >> reporter: this is video released by ukraine's ministry of defense, purportedly in preparations for flied's assault. it is unclear how much ground the army has taken or how effective its attempted blockade of the city is, unclear also what it plans to do next. jonah hull, al jazeera, donetsk. four people have been killed in the southern ukrainian city of odessa. it happened during clashes between pro-russian fighters and prounity supporters. russian's president vladimir
putin has warned that ukraine's use of its own army against his people will cause a catastrophe. and has called for an emergency meeting in the un. it's the 13th such meeting since the crisis began. we can talk to james bayes joining us live from the un. has anything concrete come out of this meeting? >> what is interesting, barbara is that this meeting was called by the russians, and it's pretty clear to me that now with russia being attacked by many countries around the world, russia seems to have a pretty consistent diplomatic strategy and that is attack is the best form of defense. hence they called this meeting, pa the russian ambassador who said it was ukraine that was violating the agreement reached
in geneva in april. >> the white house is now insulted by our appeal to the kiev government to withdraw forces. before washington had requested elected president victor jankovic to not use force against its people. it's very strange logic that now force can be used against civilians. >> reporter: and he went on to say that he wanted his western colleagues to think twice about their policies. president barack obama has met his german counterpart in washington, d.c. today. >> if we see the destabilization continuing so severely that impedes elections on may 25th, we will not have a choice but to move forward with additional,
more severe sanctions, and the consultations have been taking place over the course of the last several weeks about what exactly those would look like. and would apply to a range of sectors. >> let's get some reaction to obama's comments from patty culhane. has he made clear what he line is that would need to be crossed for new sanctions to be applied. >> pretty much since president barack obama raised the possibility of sanctions he has equated that move with obvious overt russian aggression. but along with german chancellor angela merkel they seem to be lowering the threshold, saying anything that imimmediates the may 25th elections could trigger
these sanctions. what will the sanctions be? he said there's no way that europe can go without any oil or natural gas from russia, but they could arget things like the arms industry or the financial sector. the fact that merkel seemed to go along with it is key here. because we know europe has been more hesitant because they obviously have much more of a connection to the russian economy. but even president obama said these kinds of sanctions would hurt the entire global economy, the message they want to send is that is a step they are being to take. >> pattive culhane at the white house. thank you. i'll be back with more there europe a little later in the news hour, now back to sammy in doha. police in nigeria say more girls were kidnapped from a school in the north than originally thought. the number of abducted schoolgirls who remain missing is 276, that's 30 more than
initially reported. the girls were taken by the armed group baca haram more than two weeks ago. initially the military said that 129 girls had been abducted but within hours they were contradicted by families and members of staff at the school who said, no, the figure was higher, 230, and now this latest development, the police saying no, fact in more than 300 girls were taken away and 276 remain missing. the reason for this confusion at least on the police's part they say is because there were students attending the school who were only there for exams and they are not normally there, hence the increase in the numbers. also there are different agencies trying to resolve this incident. you have the police, the
military, families and parents, and school staff, and all of them are coming up with different figures as to how many girls were abducted and how many were rescued. one civil rights organization say the girls have been taken across the border into cameroon and cad, some have been forced into marriage, some have been sold. staying in nigeria police say at least 19 people were killed by a car bomb on the outskirts of a city. it is the second attack in the area in just two weeks. still ahead here on the news hour, letters from the inside. we'll hear from al jazeera's journalists in egyptian prison ahead of international press freedom day. plus hundreds injured in a train crash in south korea, we're in seoul with the details.
and in sport, chelsea manager in a war of words with his star player. all of the details coming up later in the show. ♪ now south sudan's president has agreed to direct talks with rebel leader. u.s. secretary of state john kerry made the announcement in juba. but he hassed no said whether he will travel for face-to-face talks. >> reporter: when he arrived in juba on friday, it was clear the u.s. secretary of state was serious about trying to bring an end to the bloodshed. what started as a political conflict rapidly descended into lines have. from the airport, kerry went straight to the office of the president, where we got a commitment from the president to
discuss the transitional government. >> throughout the meeting i made it clear to him that he needs to do everything in his power to end the violence. and also to begin a process of national dialogue, a process which there is the beginning of discussions, real discussions about a transition government that can bring peace to the country. >> a transitional government was the political solution that john kerry brought with him. but this conflict moved on from simply being a political one to something that is based on ethnic divisions. the continuing reprisal attacks might mean that it is difficult to stop the fighting in the future. acknowledging the depth of the problem, kerry said that thousands more peace keepers are needed in the country soon. >> we do need to secure an additional united nations security council mandate. i believe that can be done quickly. i hope i can be done quickly.
and it's very, very important to begin to -- to deploy those troops as rapidly as possible. hopefully within the next weeks. >> reporter: the conflict is being fought along ethnic lines between the president's tribe and the rebel tribe. these people have been here since december too afraid to return to their homes. he made it clear to those behind the fighting that this unspeakable human cost is unacceptable to the global community. a former british foreign secretary and president of the international rescue committee joins us now. first of all, are you optimistic about direct talks between the two as perhaps signalling the end of this con flik-- conflict
near? >> good afternoon. my organization has 600 staff across south sudan meeting immediate humanitarian need. first of all it is essential that there is the political urgency that secretary kerry has brought to juba today to bring a halt to the horrifying level of violence, and second of all, to alert you and your viewers to the fact that there is a food shortage. at the moment people are suffering from food shortages, about 3 million, and there is a prospect that we're going to face even larger food shortages that could approach something that could qualify as a famine. there is a wider and desperate
humanitarian situation too. >> there are some very bleak facts. 1 million displaced, a third of the population dependent on aid, and quote, no one feels safe. and i'm wondering whether this is not only a failure of the south sudanese government but is it also a failure of some of the western powers that pushed so hard on the creation of south sudan that doesn't seem to be a success? >> it is the newest nation in the world, but 99% of the people voted for independence. the problem is it hasn't built the kind of nation that can sustain itself. we know the pain of the violence. we lost two of our own staff in the massacre in the un come pound just two weeks ago, and
that was part of a terrible loss of about 60 people just in one of the compounds. you featured the come pound in juba, and you have a country which has john kerry said is on the verge of mass violence and something that desperately needs external as well as internal help. >> what is the outlook then for south sudan? how long is it to be dependant on foreign aid and foreign troops? >> well, obviously the independence of a very poor country its neighbors and the international community is vital. all of its oil revenues which could be very substantial could only be achieved through pipelines. so as well as the immediate issue in respect of the feuding
parties in south sudan itself, there is an absolutely critical issue about his long-term or medium-term economic future, which depends on friendly relations with sudan. this is a very poor country but one that has an obvious source of resources and in the past the resources have been a source of fighting, in the future it has to be a source of prosperity for the country. >> thanks so much for your thoughts. syrian state television is reporting that 18 people, including 11 children have been killed. and in aleppo, the number of people killed in the attack on thursday has risen to 100. >> reporter: syrian state tv shows the shell of a burnout car. this was where a bomb exploded, killing and wounding many women and children. the authorities here have blamed
terrorist groups. the usual term the government uses to describe the rebels. >> translator: they have murdered 14 women and children. the price of the destruction you see is incomprehensible. we say to them, always and forever, we will elect the person that has always and consistently defendied and protected this nation. >> reporter: in the city of hums, on friday reports emerges of a 48-hour ceasefire to allow the rebels to leave. there was no sign of a truce in aleppo, though. this is the aftermath of a government air strike on thursday. the white shrouds hide the bodies of children killed in the blasts. on the ground the fighting continues unabated.
here a rebel bomb destroys a government strong point in damascus. president bashar al-assad's forces continue to strooik at -- strike at the rebels. these pictures appear to show a barrel bomb exploding. the human cost is clear. more than 100,000 people have been killed since the conflict began, and that figure keeps growing. dominic kaine, al jazeera. rebels that tried to storm the libyan headquarters, 11 were killed. the libyan government is struggling to control rebel groups. two suicide attacks in egypt have left 7 people dead.
stephanie decker reports. >> reporter: this is the aftermath of the suicide bombing in the sinai peninsula. it targeted a police check point in the town, and killed or wounded several people. it was just one of a series of explosions across egypt on friday. this was the scene on the road to the city on the red seacoast. the bus was carrying workers to a tourist venue when a suicide bomber blew up his device. in cairo a device was detonated outside of a courthouse. >> translator: i was driving my car this morning and heard a loud explosion. we found three injured people on the streets, and one of them had a serie injury to his neck. >> reporter: friday also saw
demonstrations for and against the military-lead government in the capitol, members of the anti-coup alliance took to the streets to proclaim their allegiance to sisi. >> the amount of violence in the streets have increased heavily and that is because of the so mad policies that the coup government has taken. >> reporter: but elsewhere it was different as in here, where a few hundred sisi supporters staged a rally, chanting slogans directed against mohammed morsi. many believe that sisi will be the winner of the elections soon to come. the trial of three al jazeera english journalists will resume in cairo on saturday which is also international press freedom day. they have been detained now for 125 days.
they are accused of providing a platform to the outlawed muslim brotherhood, now declared a terrorist organization. al jazeera denies the charges. and all three have written to thank their complainers for their support. is mohammed fahmy's letter from prison. >> i write you this letter on world press freedom day from my cell after 126 days of incarceration for doing nothing more than the job i love. to silence me and my colleagues on the pretext that we're a threat to national security and members of a terrorist organization, is a sheer insult to the intelligence of the egyptian people. during the previous court hearing i stood provoked in the cage as i watched the all-too-familiar press pack being expelled from the court. one diligent reporter yelled a
question to me on his way out. are the hunger strooik strikes real? yes, the dozens of prisoners enduring weeks of genuine life-threatening hunger strikes are noble men. among those freedom fight sers abdullah al-shami, the al jazeera arabic correspondent who has been on hunger strike for weeks and lost more than 30 kilograms. his detention for almost nine months without even receiving a trial is a violation of human rights. there dozens of journalists who are suffering in prison awaiting trial. they are simply prisoners of conscience. the world will be watching closely. ♪
>> doug france is assistant secretary for public affairs at the u.s. state department and joins us live from washington, d.c. what do you make of the way that egypt is dealing with press freedoms? >> well, i think egypt is trying to squelch press freedom. it's an attack on press freedom everywhere. that's why on tuesday secretary kerry raised this very issue with the foreign minister when he was here and that's why the state department and the rest of the obama administration will continue to push for freedom for these journalists and journalists everywhere as al jazeera has adopted this great slogan, journalism is not a crime, and it isn't. >> as you mentioned among the
journalists being held, one of whom who has been held with nine months without even a trial. i wonder what message washington officials say to cairo about that? >> well, i think the message has been pretty clear from secretary of state kerry's after his meeting with foreign minister and statements issued by other officials. and that is that the interim government needs to pay attention to its own constitution, get itself back on a path towards democracy and it needs to understand that freedom of expression is one of the underpinnings of democracy, just like rule of law, and tolerance and respect for human rightsover everyone. >> all right. thanks so much for your comments there. lots more ahead on the news hour, including the u.s. jobless
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♪ welcome back. let's recap the headlines here in al jazeera now. reports from afghanistan suggest around 2,000 people are missing after a landslide buried an entire village. at least four people have been killed during fighting between protesters in the ukrainian city of odessa, and ukraine's president says several pro-russian fighters have been killed in an operation in the eastern city of slaviansk. police say more girls were
kidnapped from a school in negotiations than originally thought. the number is now 276 that is 30 more nan originally reported moscow is warning that gas supplies to ukraine could be in jeopardy. let's go back to barbara for more on that. barbara? well, sammy officials from europe, ukraine, and russia met in poland on friday to try to resolve a dispute over gas prices. russia says kiev owes $3.5 billion towards its gas bill, and if it doesn't prepay then supply could be cut back. >> reporter: it is a dispute that has the whole of europe worried. a russian firm wants kiev to pay what it says are debts of more than $3 billion.
ukraine demanded international arbitration. >> translator: there is left but to start an arbitration procedure. according to our lawyers, ukraine's [ inaudible ] to gazprom may be changed because of abusive acts. >> reporter: now moscow says if there is no prepayment, sup place to ukraine could be restricted. ukraine might be able to store enough gas to get sup place from europe. >> translator: the general debt in accordance with the current contract is about $3.5 billion. and this debt will increase in april by $1.3 billion. >> reporter: this expert says the sharp rise was simply a
reaction to previous refusals to pay. >> translator: last year, ukraine had one of the lowest prices, only belarus had to pay less, but even then they had nothing to pay. >> reporter: calls in the west for direct sanctions on energy companies like gazprom are unlikely to be heeded, europe's economy simply have too much to loose. which means that gazprom is in a strong position to inzips that ukraine meet its demands. a court in northern ireland has just under half an hour to decide whether it be bring charges against jerry adams for the murder of a woman who was taken from her home in 1972. she was shot in the head and her body was then dumped in an
unmarked grave. senior figures allege that adam's arrest is politically motivated. the court in the next half hour will decide whether the police can have the extension they have asked for to continue to question jerry adams. what kind of issues will the court be looking at to make its decision, do we know? >> they'll be looking at exactly what the police have in terms of allegations and indeed evidence -- potential evidence against jerry adams. of course that court hearing before a judge is in private because the kind of matters that are being discussed are potenti potential potential potentially prejudiceal. i'm looking down occasionally at my telephone because there may
be some news from the court. as you were saying the police have another 20 minutes or so, where they either have to charge or release jerry adams, who has been here since wednesday. he came voluntarily, but he is under arrest. he is being questioned about that notorious murder, one of the most notorious incidence of the so-called troubles period here in ireland. the judge will make her decision known very, very soon. >> reporter: and tim, the situation in northern ireland has been, i guess relatively peaceful for the past 15 years or so, but this shows how
tensions still with simmering there. what will this mean for continued peace in northern ireland? >> everyone is watching this very, very close indeed. there has been peace. there has been tremendous strides. belfast's reputation is on the way up. the italian cycle race is coming here the weekend after next. it's a sign of how much peace has returned. but underneath the surface there is potential for fresh conflict. the war of words has already started over there. martin mcginnis, colleague of jerry adams, has accused the police of having a dark side, potentially, who do not want peace, who are against the peace process, an element within the police force, a serious allegation. >> we'll find out whether the court has decided to grant
police more time to question jerry adams. we'll check in with you at that moment. thank you. formula one boss has appeared in a munich court for the second day of a bribery trial. prosecutors allege he gave a german banker $44 million to smooth the sale of formula one to a private equity firm. he says he was the victim of coercion. jeremy clarkson of the tv program "top gear," has apologized after video was released of him alleged ly using a racial slur. >> reporter: the program jeremy clarkson fronts earns the bbc millions of dollars. he is no stranger to
controversy, but this time a brush newspaper has accused him of using a racial slur, the so-walled n, word. he denies it. >> if you listen very carefully with the sound turned right up, it did appear that i actually used the word i was trying to obscure. i was mortified by that, horrified. it is a word i loathe. >> reporter: queue a media frenzy. to his many fans his sense of humor is harmless. resentment at being told what you can and can't say. others say it is much more serious and speaks to a
lingering prejudice. critics point to the new political party which rails against european union and immigration. a similar world to clarkson, some would say. others accuse them and people like clarkson of encouraging raci racism. >> he will -- if this is allowed to pass, he will open the door to people making statements at work, making statements in school. that's what i worry about. >> reporter: but some detect a witch hunt against clarkson. >> these are people not -- i think that are friends to minorities but are using it to their own end just to get at clarkson. >> reporter: the bbc is in a difficult position, getting hid of clarkson would damage one of their most popular shows, failure to do so would open up
accusations of being soft on racism. let's bring you a development on the story that we were talking about with tim frengd in northern ireland. a court there has agreed to extend the detention of the heard jersry adams. they will extend his detention to another 48 hours. for now that is it for me and the rest of the team in europe. let's go back to sammy in doha. >> thanks, barbara. around 200 people have escaped with only minor injuries after a crash in the south korean subway system. harry fawcett has more from seoul. >> reporter: passengers on this train would have felt enormous impact as the train behind barrelled into it. we have seen ripples of damage up and down the area, we have
seen emergency workers and train crews trying to determine how much damage has been sustained. what it also shows is how gripped this country is still by the issues of public safety, just a little over two weeks since the ferry disaster, and now another major public safety event. it wasn't anything on the same scale as the ferry disaster, but the president of the country saying there has to be a reform of safety culture around south korea. and here in the capitol of seoul, one of the most busy, most used lines of subway system, we see this. welltives of -- relatives of the missing malaysian
>> these protestors have decided that today they will be arrested >> these people have chased a president from power, they've torn down a state... >> what's clear is that people don't just need protection, they need assistance. ♪ welcome back. now health officials in the united states have confirmed the first case of middle east [ inaudible ] syndrome.
it says it is investigating the first case in the state of indiana. the virus has already killed more than 100 people, mostly in saudi arabia. unemployment in the united states has fallen to its lowest level in six years. new data shows just over 6% of americans are out of work. but as reported, many who have jobs aren't entirely happy either. >> reporter: behind the boarded up windows of an old temple in a rapidly gentrifying area of washington, d.c. is strive. here those looking for full-time employment, the underemployed are given the advice that might make the difference. access to computers, and clothes that will help job interviews and job retention. strive has an impressive record in tough times.
50% of its graduates find a job, but 70% of those jobs are temporary. >> at one time we would send client bs out to compete for full-time jobs. the majority of our graduates go into temporary or contractual jobs. >> reporter: strive's graduates are among the millions forced into temporary employment. but economists say the problem is job creation. >> this recovery is five years old. the labor market is still floundering. the stock market and corporate profits have seen growth. so there is less concern amongst corporations, stockholders to actually get policy makers to do something. >> reporter: the inaction of the government and its backers is not blunting the determination
of those at strive. >> i'm still searching for a full-time job. >> reporter: where do you think the full-time jobs are? >> i have no idea. can you tell me? [ laughter ] all right. let's catch up with all the sports news. >> thank you very much. chelsea manager has launched a stinging attack on his star player following the midfielder's comment after chelsea's he namation on monday. he claimed that chelsea weren't set up to play football. he hit back saying the 23-year-old belgian wasn't willing to put everything on the line to help his teammates. >> he is the kind of plier that he's not so mentally ready to
look back to his left back and to leave his life for him. so when the comment came from a player like -- like eden, is normal, because he -- he is not the kind of player ready to -- to sacrifice himself 100% for the team and the mates. >> reporter: chelsea hosts [ inaudible ] before that man city could go to the top of the league with a win. the boss adamant his side won't buckle under the pressure. >> every time that you are fighting for a title the pressure is the same of course, and when you have one or two games just to play, the pressure is always increasing, so i think it's very important, but vrp positive pressure, not a negative pressure, so i am sure that the players will manage the pressure and will try to win the
title and for that it is very important to play very good tomorrow. >> in a few minute's time [ inaudible ] will take on [ inaudible ] in their leaguee. the champions barcelona will play in the early kickoff on saturday. failure to win would see them four points behind athletico madrid, but having played a game more. >> translator: the balance of the season is not measured by winning or losing streaks. because at the beginning of the season it was was who were on a winning streak. balance is measured by the titles we win at the end of the season. over in south america, athletico minero's run has come to an end. the depending champions were knocked out by the columbian
side, with a 2-1 aggregate win and a spot in the quarter final. in moto gp's spain' elite set the fastest time of the day. in searing hot conditions. it tops 53 seal se us at one point. the 21-year-old will be going for win number 4 in what will be his 100 grand prix, although that does include races in the 125 cc category. in the nba there are three games on friday. the toronto raptors could wrap up their series against brooklyn with a win. the spurs could secure a spot in
the second round with victory over the dallas mavericks, and the houston rockets will try to extend their series with portland for a deciding game 7. meanwhile the nba's financial advisory committee has youian mousily voted to begin the process of forcing donald sterling to sell the l.a. clippers. they held their first meeting on thursday to discuss the termination of ownership. the nba banned sterling for life on tuesday for making racist comments. his team has been forced into a deciding game 7 with the golden state warriors. the decider takes place in los angeles on saturday. >> i'm proud of my guys. it has been an incorrodable, incredible ride, and now against a 3 seed with two of the top ten
players in the world, and a future hall of game coach, we are going to game 7 in spite of all of the sideline music. and i like my chances because i have a group a guys that want to do whatever it takes to win. >> every big rebound they got, we cut the lead, got it to two, harrison barns gets an offensive rebound. i thought honestly it was one of those games where neither team shot the free throw well, neither team shot the ball well. it was one of those hustle games. and i thought they came up with just enough plays to beat us. >> reporter: the sharks have secured top spot. jp peterson scored the villagers only try. the sharks are now 5 points clear of australia in the super
rugby standards. it's advantage montreal in the nhl eastern conference semifinals. they were 4-3 winners over the boston runes. pc subban scored the winning goal. thanks so much. now let's bring you breaking news coming out of ukraine. police saying at least 38 people have been killed in a building fire in the city of odessa. we have a number of casualties in odessa after clashes between pro-and anti-russian protesters. it has been a busy day we'll bring you more when we come back